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Swedish songbook




SONGS OF SWEDEN
87 folk and popular songs
English translations by Henry Grafton Chapman

PLAYLIST
Tracks 01-42 various artists
Tracks 01-40 Songs Of Sweden
Tracks 01-38 Swedish
Tracks 39-41 English
Tracks 42-42 instrumental

ALTERNATE TITLES
Fågelns visa (The bird's song)
När jag blef sjutton år (When I was seventeen)

NOTES

With one exception, all of the songs appeared in "Songs of Sweden".

The "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind (1820-1887) toured the United States from 1850 through 1852. "Songs of Sweden" has a number of songs from her repertoire. "Jenny Lind mania" — from another source — is a music hall number from 1850 that makes light of her emergence as the world's first modern celebrity.

The recordings of “The bird's song” and “When I was seventeen” feature the lyrics of Henry Grafton Chapman. An article in the January 26, 1913 edition of the New York Times noted his death while praising the quality of his translations.

VÄRMLÄNNINGARNA
Swedish-American audiences were mainly interested in theatrical productions dealing with Swedish country life such as the popular musical "Värmlänningarna" (The People of Värmland). The libretto for "Värmlänningarna" was written by F. A. Dahlgren. The music was composed by Andreas Randel or adapted from traditional sources. This six-act melodrama, written in 1846 and set in the province of Värmland, was a love story about a young peasant couple who, with considerable difficulty, overcome hostile parents and local convention. Audiences identified closely with the hero and heroine, seeing in the plot the sorts of difficulties familiar in their own lives.

The Swedish title of the play has a variety of spellings.

"Värmlänningarna" was frequently performed in Minneapolis and St. Paul during the 1910s and 1920s. The Pence Auditorium at 10th and Hennepin was located in the former home of Hennepin Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church.

"Ack Värmeland du sköna" (O Vermeland thou lovely) is a Swedish folk song, best known in the English-speaking world as the instrumental jazz standard "Dear old Stockholm". The song, first published in 1822, was given additional lyrics by F. A. Dahlgren and included in his 1846 play "Värmlänningarna".

SONGS FROM VÄRMLÄNNINGARNA
Ack Värmeland du sköna (O Vermeland thou lovely)
I villande skogen (All in the dim forest)
Jag sjunger och dansar (I sing and I dance)

F. A. DAHLGREN SONG
Å jänta å ja' (The maiden and I)


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